Richard Hodges studied archaeology and medieval history at Southampton University, where he also gained his PhD in 1977 on the trade and ceramics of the North Sea region. He has taught at the Universities of Sheffield (1976-95), Siena (1984-87; 2008), Copenhagen (1988), and East Anglia (1995- ) where he holds a professorship. He has been Director of the British School at Rome (1988-95), Director of the Prince of Wales’s Institute of Architecture (1996-98), and Scientific Director of the Butrint Foundation (1994-2012). He is a board member of the Packard Humanities Institute .
Dr. Hodges has worked in Italian archaeology since 1978, participating in the Biferno valley survey (1978-79), the San Vincenzo project (1980-98) and the Montarrenti project (1982-87). Amongst his many publications are (with Riccardo Francovich) Villa to Village (2003), (with John Mitchell) San Vincenzo Maggiore and its workshops (2011), (with Sauro Gelichi) From One Sea to Another. Trading Places in the European and Mediterranean Early Middle Ages (2012) and Dark Age Economics: a New Audit (2012).
He was awarded the Order of the British Empire by the Queen in 1995.
Dr. Hodges recently wrote of his immense pleasure at returning to Rome to take the helm of The American University of Rome, ‘an endearingly personal college with the blessed privilege to teach to US-accredited standards, located on the Gianiculum’. Commenting on arrival, he said: ‘ I intend to embark upon a plan, working with the faculty, staff and Board of Trustees, to ensure that AUR’s students meet the highest standards for our ever-changing globalized society’.